Welcome to the beginning of the
story. As I write this it's Monday morning and I finally have a
little time to reflect on what we've experienced over the last 3
days. So far, it's been great! Unlike the other trips I've
described to Australia and New Zealand, I don't think a first-timer to
India should be left alone to find things out on their own. At
least, not unless they have an enormous capacity for putting themselves
in compromising situations and enjoy figuring out how to get themselves
out. It's much better to have local contacts, guides, "handlers"
as it were, to guide you through the miasma of people, languages,
smells, traffic and who knows what else. It also makes you feel
like local royalty.
So let's get started.
We leave the comforts of Mother HiG in a stylin' ride - this is what
the company means by "Luxury Sedan". A private driver to take us
to JFK. We leave around 4:30 for a 9:30 flight, figuring the
drive will take 2.5 hours. It took 3 due to Friday evening
traffic, no issue.
Waiting at the gate I snap a quick pick of the Boeing 747 to take us
"across the pond" to Frankfurt, Deutschland.
Having previously taken long trips in coach, business class is a
welcome upgrade. There's room!
Yeah, we're both digging it.
I never had the opportunity to get shots of the inflight mapping system
that shows your distance to travel, time remaining, and local time at
destination, as well as the live location maps. So here's a few
shots of what it looks like on Lufthansa. At this point we were
about 1/2 hour from landing.
The flight was great, the food was great - we had champagne prior to
takeoff, a few glasses of Reisling in flight, followed up by some
Baileys. Alex slept nicely for about 2.5 hours after all that...
We landed about 10:15 AM Frankfurt time on Saturday.